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1st STEPS TO LAB MADE GRAY MATTER

In ALL ARTICLES, SCIENCE & STEM CELLS on March 6, 2014 at 5:31 pm

ZOMBIES REJOICE!

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1st STEPS TO LABMADE GRAY MATTER, aka…
B  R  A  I  N  S  S  S  S  ! ! !
Also patients with Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, TBI, Ataxia…
http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg22029473.800-grow-a-new-brain-first-steps-to-labmade-grey-matter.html#.Uxj1DIWGZp3
via http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0142961213013045

STEPHEN HAWKING VISITS STEM CELL LAB

In ALL ARTICLES, STEM CELLS IN THE NEWS on April 10, 2013 at 4:57 pm
Stephen Hawking Visits LA Stem Cell Lab

Stephen Hawking toured a stem cell laboratory Tuesday where scientists are studying ways to slow the progression of Lou Gehrig’s disease, a neurological disorder that has left the British cosmologist almost completely paralyzed.

After the visit, the 71-year-old Hawking urged doctors, nurses and staff at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center to support the research.

Hawking recalled how he became depressed when he was diagnosed with the disease 50 years ago and initially didn’t see a point in finishing his doctorate. But his attitude changed when his condition didn’t progress quickly and he was able to concentrate on his studies.

“Every new day became a bonus,” he told a packed room.

Cedars-Sinai received nearly $18 million last year from California’s taxpayer-funded stem cell institute to study the debilitating disease also known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. ALS attacks nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord that control the muscles. People gradually have more and more trouble breathing and moving as muscles weaken and waste away.

There’s no cure and no way to reverse the disease’s progression. Few people with ALS live longer than a decade.

Diagnosed at age 21 while a student at Cambridge University, Hawking has survived longer than most. He receives around-the-clock care, can only communicate by twitching his cheek, and relies on a computer mounted to his wheelchair to convey his thoughts in a distinctive robotic monotone.

A Cedars-Sinai patient who was Hawking’s former student spurred doctors to invite the physicist to glimpse their stem cell work.

“We decided it was a great opportunity for him to see the labs and for us to speak to one of the preeminent scientists in the world,” said Dr. Robert Baloh, who heads the hospital’s ALS program.

During the tour, Hawking viewed microscopic stem cells through a projector screen and asked questions about the research, Baloh said.

Cedar-Sinai scientists have focused on engineering stem cells to make a protein in hopes of preventing nerve cells from dying. The experiment so far has been done in rats. Baloh said he hopes to get governmental approval to test it in humans, which would be needed before any therapy can be approved.

Renowned for his work on black holes and the origins of the universe, Hawking is famous for bringing esoteric physics concepts to the masses through his best-selling books including “A Brief History of Time,” which sold more than 10 million copies worldwide. Hawking titled his speech to Cedars-Sinai employees “A Brief History of Mine.”

Despite his diagnosis, Hawking has remained active. In 2007, he floated like an astronaut on an aircraft that creates weightlessness by making parabolic dives.

Space exploration is important “for the future of humanity,” he told the audience.

Hawking said he did not think Earthlings would survive “without escaping beyond your fragile planet.”

And he gave some advice: Look up at the stars. Stay curious.

“However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at,” he said.

Doctors don’t know why some people with Lou Gehrig’s disease fare better than others. Baloh said he has treated patients who lived for 10 years or more.

“But 50 years is unusual, to say the least,” he said.

 

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Blueprint of Stem Cell Wiring Gives Scientists Control

In SCIENCE & STEM CELLS on March 3, 2012 at 12:47 am

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Blueprint of Stem Cell Wiring Gives Scientists Control

March 2, 2012

Despite the promise associated with the therapeutic use of human stem cells, a complete understanding of the mechanisms that control the fundamental question of whether a stem cell becomes a specific cell type within the body or remains a stem cell has-until now-eluded scientists.

A Univ. of Georgia study published in today’s edition of the journal Cell Stem Cell, however, creates the first ever blueprint of how stem cells are wired to respond to the external signaling molecules to which they are constantly exposed. The finding, which reconciles years of conflicting results from labs across the world, gives scientists the ability to precisely control the development, or differentiation, of stem cells into specific cell types.

Laboratory Equipment – Blueprint of Stem Cell Wiring Gives Scientists Control.

47 DEATHS FROM HPV VACCINES YOU WILL NEVER READ ABOUT

In ALL ARTICLES, DISEASE INFO on October 26, 2011 at 1:55 am

THE UNLUCKY 47…

AND WHAT REALLY SCARES ME IS THAT OVER 1/2 OF THEM ARE

“CAUSE OF DEATH = UNKNOWN!”

via http://www.judicialwatch.org/files/documents/2009/vaersdeathsALL_20090616.pdf

Sperm Grown in a Dish – Technology Review

In VICTORIES & SUCCESS STORIES on March 24, 2011 at 9:46 am

Stem cells now capable of making sperm. – dg


Sperm Grown in a Dish

Researchers make sperm that successfully produces offspring in mice—a development that could one day help infertile men.

Savior sperm: Scientists in Japan have grown functional mouse sperm (shown here in green) in a dish by mimicking the chemical environment of the testes. The sperm is capable of producing fertile offspring.  – Credit: Takehiko Ogawa, Yokohama City University

In a significant step toward combating male infertility, researchers at Yokohama City University have grown mouse sperm in a dish and used the sperm to produce pups that were themselves fertile in adulthood.

Researchers started with small fragments of tissue containing sperm stem cells, called spermagonia, collected from the testes of baby mice. They then grew those cells into functional sperm, using various chemicals to simulate the natural environment of the testes. The results of the study, published in this week’s issue of Nature, may eventually benefit infertile men and boys undergoing chemotherapy.

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Sperm Grown in a Dish – Technology Review.

Stem-cell projects falter : Nature News

In BUSINESS OF STEM CELLS on September 2, 2009 at 11:56 am

Stem-cell projects falter

Ailing economy leaves California struggling to build research labs.

Rex Dalton

California’s troubled economy has hit the state’s ambitious stem-cell research programme, delaying the construction of facilities and disrupting recruitment.

At least three of the dozen groups that received a share of US$271 million in building grants from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) won’t make the construction deadline of the end of 2010. And efforts to recruit stem-cell researchers have stalled at some institutions, because of the delays in setting up lab space and because of university hiring freezes.

via Stem-cell projects falter : Nature News.

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